Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool’s confidence is at an all time high, and that Anfield is aiming to play in Europe after their hard fought draw with Arsenal on Sunday.
“I would like to play in it again,” the Liverpool defender said of playing in the Europa League.
“I know some people knock it down, playing Thursdays and then Sundays, but Liverpool is European football and that is one of the best things about the club.”
Liverpool currently sit at sixth on the Barclays Premier League table, and are four points behind fifth placed Tottenham. While sixth place would sometimes garner qualification for the Europa League, with Carling Cup winners Birmingham and FA Cup finalists Stoke taking places in the competition, fifth place appears to be Liverpool’s best chance of qualifying, unless Manchester United win the Champions League.
Carragher says that Liverpool are concentrating on taking fifth place so that they can definitely play European football in their quest to reach glory once more.
“There have been a few times where we thought we can, then a couple of times when we lose a game that we can’t, now after these two games we probably think we can,” Carragher said.
“We have now got two home games to come, but the best thing is not to worry about Tottenham, and just worry about ourselves and see at the end of the season where we come.”
Liverpool have been born again under the management of Kenny Dalglish, and so far, since Dalglish took over, only Manchester United have amassed more league points than the Kop.
Carragher puts some of this success down to Dalglish’s belief in the younger players in the squad.
"Having all these young players is great testament to them and the work done down at the Academy as well as the manager for giving them a chance," Carragher said.
"To achieve what we have in the past two games with all the injuries and having to play the young lads bodes really well for the future this season and next.
"It is great to have them in the side, and it also saves the club money."
Youth, coupled with a united spirit, will see Liverpool through to new highs over the next few seasons, Carragher said.
"There has been a great togetherness. I think that's come since Kenny has come in and everyone is together now.
"When you have that togetherness you can achieve things. It's like the late penalty we got [against Arsenal]. You don't get that if you don't have togetherness and a spirit to not want to lose."